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ObfuscationA User's Guide for Privacy and Protest$
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Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029735

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029735.001.0001

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Will Obfuscation Work?

Will Obfuscation Work?

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(p.84) 5 Will Obfuscation Work?
Source:
Obfuscation
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Finn Brunton

Helen Nissenbaum

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029735.003.0006

This chapter takes up the question of how obfuscation strategies should be designed, measured, assessed, and improved. To answer, it describes different approaches to obfuscation in terms of threats and adversaries: what is the nature of the challenge a particular application of obfuscation should meet? In these terms, every obfuscation strategy can be described with six goals (from “buying time” to “expressing protest”) and four questions (from “individual or collective?” to “short-term or long-term?”). These goals and questions are the framework for the design of specific obfuscation efforts.

Keywords:   Obfuscation, Threat modelling, Privacy, Security, Activism, Design

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